Progressive’s Still Working From Home And Jamie Has A “Beard”

The WFH saga continues for the Progressive gang. This time, Jamie apologizes for showing up late and for his appearance. When Flo says he looks fine, Jamie responds that he looks like a wanted poster since he didn’t have time to get his beard routine in. The key is maple nectar, which gives it that sheen. The others are rightfully confused of course, because Jamie doesn’t actually have a beard. Rodney finally asks Jamie if he knows what a beard is. Good question.

Progressive Shows Off Work From Home Foibles

There are three broad categories of workers right now. You’re either unemployed (or furloughed), an essential worker who has to leave home, or you’re working from home. If you’re working from home, that means your job probably pays more, but it’s got downfalls too. You might have to balance your job with your kids who are from from school. And sometimes, your at-home technology isn’t the best. Progressive has a new “WFH” campaign showing of the foibles of Flo, Jamie, Mara and the best of the gang. Mara doesn’t realize you can mute on Zoom and says a bit too much. The gang faces tech issues with glitching, Flo not connecting, and “discosnouts.” Plus, Mara doesn’t play nice when she and Jamie have to do a role playing exercise.

Progressive’s Flo Chats With Bigfoot (His Real Name Is Daryl)

Well, hello there. I hope you’re doing well and staying healthy. It’s been a little while since I’ve written. With the current state of world events (if you happen to be reading this years later, this is the world event I’m talking about), it seems kinda odd to be writing about silly commercials. But that’s what I’m here for, and that’s what I’ll do. In this Progressive spot, Flo is sitting down in the woods and having a heart-to-heart with a woolly creature. He says that everyone used to come out for blurry photos with him, but now they’re just now more interested in their RVs. Flo makes a mistake when she calls him Bigfoot though…his name is Daryl. This ad is appropriately named “Sadsquatch.”

 

Progressive’s Mara Is Quite Unappealing To Men At The Karaoke Bar

Most of the ads from the Progressive saga focus on Flo or Jamie, but this time Mara (played by Natalie Palamides) gets her 30 seconds in the spotlight. We’re at a karaoke bar where Jamie is performing in the background, and Flo is sitting at a table with Mara. Male suitors excitedly try to talk to Mara, but then when she tells them about her back rash, her annoying laugh, or her obsession with saving by bundling with Progressive, they all back away. As the title of the ad states, she’s “Off the Mara-ket.”

 

Progressive’s Jamie Moonlights As A Server At Portabella’s

Is Progressive not paying Jamie enough? Anyway, his name is now Robbie, and Flo is Pam. Robbie namedrops the Progressive Name Your Price tool. I don’t like mushrooms, but I wonder if I’d like mushroom puffers. The group of friends thought they were just going for a dinner at Portabella’s, but now they wonder if they’re in a Progressive commercial. Especially since there’s a Progressive commercial on the TV in the background. The Portabella’s song at the end is pretty amusing. Andrew Delman plays one of the male customers…anyone know the others?

Progressive’s Commercial Features A Halftime Show With Smash Mouth’s “All Star”

Progressive hasn’t had a Super Bowl commercial in more than 20 years, so they’re touching on that with this tongue-in-cheek ad. Flo is sitting on a couch with a couple discussing Progressive’s bundling when the commercial breaks for a “halftime show” and we get to enjoy a few lines from the chorus of Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” Then it’s back to Flo and the couple. Flo munches on some popcorn, and when questioned where it came from, she says “Your kitchen. It’s halftime.” Here’s more about the commercial from Adweek.

Progressive Presents Progressive Park!

Buckle up for some insurance-themed fun! With thrilling attractions such as the totally realistic “Traffic Jam” and the world’s first “Never Bump Bumper Cars” (which are both exactly what they sound like), who wouldn’t be excited? Well, everybody. It might be billed as fun for the whole family, but Flo and Co. soon look at an empty parking lot and realize that an insurance park was a bad idea. Oh well. It’s a pretty spot-on parody of amusement park ads.

 

 

Progressive’s Creepy Cornfield Commercial

In its newest ad, Progressive manages to parody both Field of Dreams and (more prominently) Children of the Corn. Flo tries to reassure a farmer and his family after a tree falls on his truck. She tells him not to worry and that he’s covered…but Flo’s creepy speech pattern and her Progressive colleagues emerging from the cornfield just freak them out more. “We’re all here for you…all day, all night”…gahh. Flo thinks they put the guy at ease by speaking calmly and clearly, but Jamie thinks he heard weird voices while in the corn.

 

 

Progressive Presents “Progressive On Ice”

Progressive gets meta with this bizarre spot. Are you adequately prepared for the insurance-themed experience of a lifetime? Well, here’s “Progressive on Ice”! There are Flo and Jamie lookalike ice dancers shimmying away with house and car props. “But why?” Ice Dancer Weekly asks. The Family Fun Times notes “I had the whole row to myself.” Tickets are not available now or ever, but some YouTube commenters say they’d actually want to see this if it was a real thing. Silly, but amusing work from Progressive.

 

Progressive’s Flo Leads A Focus Group…A Flocus Group, If You Will

I’ve sat in focus groups before, and Progressive’s portrayal is pretty dead on. From the inane commentary (“I’ve seen violence”) to the off-topic tangents (“Top of the bundle to you!”), it all sounds familiar. We all know Stephanie Courtney is Flo, and Jade Catta-Preta plays Meredith, the mom who disapproves of violence. Jamison Webb is Kirk, the “top of the bundle” guy, and Marco Rodriguez is Carl, the underrated “I’ve seen violence” dude. Anyone know the others?

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